Originally Posted by Iteki
Ok, really great ep...but that ENDING?!?! WTF? Are we really supposed to know who that is in the mask?
I hope that's not really the end for Hotch...he's my favorite character on the show.
He was the serial killer some years back who made a deal with the officer on his trail to stop tracking him in exchange for stopping the killings. On that officers death bed he exposed his secret to Hotchner. Once the officer died, the serial killings began again.
In the process of tracking him down, the killer made the same offer to Hotchner to stop the killings in exchange for the manhunt to stop. Hotchner turned him down. The killer immediately boarded a bus after the call and killed all the passengers. They finally figured out the killer was one of the supposed early victims. But by the time they figured it out he was gone.
Hence the "You should have taken the deal." ending.